Greatest hits: Van der Valk's standout superyacht projects

21 May 2021· Ria Wolstenholme

Van der Valk was founded by Wim van der Valk in 1967 and has continued to deliver outstanding vessels to discerning yachtsmen over the past fifty years. The first models launched by the Dutch shipyard in the 1970s – the Valk-Kruiser, Comfort, Royal, and Super Falcon – established the brand’s reputation as one to watch among the European shipyards and its fleet continued to flourish with the introduction of the Continental I series in the 1990s. This quickly became the boatbuilder's signature product with hundreds built for owners worldwide and formed the foundations of Van der Valk yachts today.

Imagery courtesy of Van der Valk archives

Bernadette is just one example of a Valk-Kruiser 1160, a model that was introduced towards the tail end of 1970s and became an instant hit among the cruising community. At 11.6-metres in length, she is of course much smaller than the superyacht hulls for which Van der Valk has become known, but serves as a reminder of the shipyard's roots in the smaller motor cruising market. Over 400 of these hulls exited the sheds at the Dutch yard throughout the 1970s and 1980s, each characterised by a full displacement steel hull, split-level interior arrangement and three-metre beam. "If you go into a random marina in the Netherlands you will always find at least one of these vessels," says Yoeri Bijker, head of sales and marketing at Van der Valk.

The launch of the 37-metre Santa Maria T is one to note in the history books as the first motor yacht to feature a two-axis fin antiroll damping system. She was also one of the first products of the Van der Valk-Guido de Groot partnership - a fruitful collaboration that continues to grow today with several yachts in-build, such as Blue Jeans and Lady Lene. Santa Maria T was commissioned in July 2013 as a 33.3-metre yacht but later grew to 36.8 metres in order to accommodate a larger, full-beam owner's cabin, and stands today as a representation of the yard’s innovative and forward-thinking philosophy. 

Originally named The Next Episode, this 27-metre Continental III marked the third iteration of Van der Valk's popular Continental model, reimagined for a modern era and owner. O Noso Uno, as she's no known, was designed for long-range cruising and can accommodate up to 10 guests with a crew of four. Her semi-displacement hull is made of lightweight aluminium and is powered by triple Volvo Penta IPS-1200 D13-900, six-cylinder engine with IPS drive technology. 

Venera’s owner had big plans in mind when ordering the 28.5 metre expedition yacht, with intentions to tour the world with his family on board. Designed by Guido de Groot, Venera is the latest addition to the yard's all-aluminium Explorer line, described as the next-generation long-range motor yachts. She combines classic and timeless lines in a bold profile that accentuates Venera’s distinctive fast displacement hull. One of the most challenging aspects of the design was the owner’s request to have the lower deck arranged on one level, without any staircases, creating a new kind of open space for guests to enjoy. With top speeds of 20 knots, a bespoke loft-style interior, and plenty of room for 10 guests and a crew of five, Venera is a stand out launch for Van der Valk.

Due to hit the water this December this year, the 34-metre Lady Lene offers a new take on an explorer-style hull with rounded edges for a softer profile and large windows granting guests uninterrupted views from every angle. Unusually for a yacht of this size, Lady Lene will be fully wheelchair accessible, which the team has achieved by doing away with standard thresholds that separate the interior from the exterior, and with the addition of an elevator serving all decks. The exterior profile, interior design and naval architecture have been created in collaboration with Guido de Groot Yacht, Diana Yacht Design and Ginton Naval Archtitects.

With construction still underway, Blue Jeans is another Van der Valk design that sets the standard as a sporty, raised pilothouse motor yacht. The all-aluminium yacht is a custom build, commissioned by a client in the Far East, with entertainment at its very core. Designed as the perfect summertime host for friends and family, Blue Jeans has something special in store for every generation of guest that steps aboard. Blue Jeans is the first Van der Valk superyacht sold to the Far East and marks an important step for the Dutch shipyard as it continues to attract a growing global clientele.

This is just a small selection of yachts delivered by Van der Valk over the years. View more here